National Wine Day is tomorrow and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a wine and cheese pairing party. They’re an easy way to entertain guests last minute, and we all know we’re calling our friends over tomorrow.
Step 1: Determine Guest Count
Once you have an idea of how many guests are attending, you can determine the right amount of cheese to have on hand and how many bottles of wine you’ll need. You will want at least 1–2 ounces of each cheese variety per person attending.
Step 2: Choose your wine
Cheese is the main event, but it’s best to start planning your pairings with the wine. You’ll serve many more cheese options than wine, so choose 2-3 wines you love – preferably a mix of whites and reds – and start there.
Step 3: Select a variety of cheeses
You don’t have to be an expert on wine or cheese to choose the perfect pairings. Tools like Cheese Cupid can help you you find a variety of cheese pairings for your wine. When choosing cheeses, start with one soft or creamy style, one hard or aged style and one blue variety. For larger parties, choose additional styles that will contrast the others for a diverse spread of textures and tastes.
Some of our favorite pairings include:
Cabernet Sauvingnon with blue, havarti, alpine-style and asiago
Riesling with cheddar, gorgonzola, parmesan and gouda
Rosé with camembert, fontina and brie
Step 4: Create your cheese boards
Arrange your cheeses on separate boards for each wine. This helps guests easily identify cheeses that go with the wine they’re drinking. Here, we have Wisconsin cheddar and blue to pair with Port.
Step 5: Add accompaniments
Add a selection of fresh and/or dried fruit, nuts, chutney and jams, honey, salami and cured meats, olives, crackers and crusty bread. You could also make easy cheese appetizers like cheese balls. This Gorgonzola, Fig and Nut Cheese Ball is perfect with a Merlot, Malbec or Riesling.
Extra Points! Print off pairing notes
One of the best things about attending a wine and cheese party is finding the perfect new pairing to enjoy again. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, print small cards that list which cheeses pair with each wine so your quests can recreate the pairings at home.